05 Oct 2018, 09:52 IST
The Los Angeles Dodgers are proper again the place they had been at the moment final yr, forward 1-Zero within the Nationwide League Division Sequence after topping the Atlanta Braves 6-0.
Los Angeles took down the Braves behind an outstanding efficiency from pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and residential runs from Joc Pederson, Kike Hernandez and Max Muncy on Thursday.
The Braves walked eight batters and hit one other of their first MLB playoff recreation since 2013. Three of these runners got here round to attain.
Folty did not have it
Mike Foltynewicz had a beautiful season, posting profession highs in begins (31), wins (13), ERA (2.85), IP (183) and strikeouts (202). However regardless of how good he was in 2018, he merely didn’t have it in recreation one on Thursday.
The 2010 first-round choose tossed simply two innings and allowed 4 earned runs on homers by Pederson and Muncy. Foltynewicz laboured via a 28-pitch first inning and gave up three runs on the Muncy dwelling run after getting two fast outs to begin the second.
Foltynewicz tends to get going slightly quick at occasions and may need let some nerves get to him. Nonetheless, as Luis Severino confirmed final yr, a younger starter can come again from a tough starting to contribute down the road. The Braves will probably must win two of the subsequent three although if Foltynewicz would wish to get one other probability.
Has Roberts realized his lesson?
Dave Roberts might have value his workforce a World Sequence title final season just because he overused his bullpen. The Dodgers didn’t have a single beginning pitcher toss greater than 6.three innings within the seven postseason video games main as much as the World Sequence, which means their bullpen amassed 27 innings of labor earlier than Los Angeles even bought to the Fall Basic.
The bullpen was gassed earlier than the World Sequence and blew leads in recreation two and 5 which resulted in losses that had been the distinction within the collection. But it surely appears to be like like Roberts is on his strategy to studying his much less. Ryu threw a season-high 104 pitches on the best way to seven shut-out innings as he posted a starter longer than any a Dodgers pitcher made in final yr’s postseason.
A part of that’s the Dodgers would not have the identical bullpen they did a yr in the past as Brandon Morrow moved on to the Cubs in free company, however one would hope one other portion is as a result of reality the bullpen was so drained on the finish of the World Sequence final yr. Roberts might have realized his lesson.
Machado have to be extra
The Dodgers acquired Manny Machado for one cause and one cause solely: to compete for a World Sequence. Sure, they wanted a alternative at shortstop, sure, they wanted him to win the NL West and sure, if you will get a participant like Machado, you exit and get him.
Nonetheless, the explanation the Dodgers commerce dfor Machado was to compete for the World Sequence. Machado may be the very best participant within the NL playoffs if he desires to (although Christian Yelich can be onerous to beat proper now). He may be the distinction in each collection he performs within the NL playoffs and may very well be once more within the World Sequence, but when he performs like he did Thursday, you possibly can kiss that concept goodbye.
Machado struck out his first two at-bats, grounded right into a double play his third and struck out once more with two runners on in his third time to the plate. He has had his effort questioned by Roberts, posted a .338 OBP in 66 video games with Los Angeles, which was down from his first half in Baltimore, and he made a lazy error in the midst of the sport as nicely. If the Dodgers wish to get to the World Sequence they want greater than that out of Machado, in the event that they wish to win the World Sequence they want an exponentially higher efficiency from him.
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